The MC for the evening was Ashwyn Smyth, and he set the mood for what turned out to be a fantastic night. The participating bands were the winners of regional heats, namely The Dan Sowerby Band from Salisbury, The River Devils from Edinburgh, Chris James from Carlisle, The Cherry Lee Mewis Band and Albany Down, both from Bedford, and 24 Pesos from London.
Each act performed superbly, and I'm so glad I wasn't judging because the task of picking a winner was nigh on impossible to do. They each showcased their talents and played 3 to 4 songs in the limited time they had available. We hadn't seen the Dan Sowerby Band or Chris James before, so their brief appearances were a new experience for me. The River Devils turned out to be several members of a band we have seen before who have since split up and reformed with a different name and sound, and we have seen Cherry, Albany Down and 24 Pesos on previous occasions. Cherry and Albany Down competed at our local regional heat at The Greyhound, Beeston, Nottingham.